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History of Canada

Explore Canadian history with resources on people, places and events from Canada's past, including Canadian Confederation, symbols, emblems and traditions, the participation of Canada in the World Wars and the Korean War, and history pictures and maps.
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  2. General Canadian History (22)
  3. Canadian Confederation (12)
  4. Canada at War (121)
  5. October Crisis
  6. Women in History (17)
  7. Canadian History Pictures and Photos (16)
  8. Canadian History Maps (6)
  9. History of Immigration (9)
  10. History Lesson Plans K-8

Creating a Museum of Canadian History
In time for Canada's 150th birthday in 2017, the federal government is making a national Museum of Canadian History from the Museum of Canadian Civilization.

How Canada Got Its Name
The name Canada was first used by Jacques Cartier in 1535. It wasn't the only name considered by the Fathers of Confederation in 1867 though.

Halifax Explosion
In 1917, the collision of two ships in Halifax Harbour, a major wartime port, resulted in an explosion, a tsunami and fires, destroying much of Halifax and killing and injuring thousands.

Battle of Vimy Ridge
The success of the Canadians at the Battle of Vimy Ridge was a turning point for the Allies in World War I, and is considered by many to be a major step in Canada's change from a colony into a nation.

The Persons Case
In the 1920s, five Alberta women fought a legal and political battle to have women recognized as persons under the BNA Act.

The Diaries of Mackenzie King
The diaries of Canadian Prime Minister Mackenzie King provide a first-hand political and social history of Canada from 1893 to 1950.

History of Capital Punishment in Canada
Timeline showing the history of the death penalty in Canada and the gradual abolition of capital punishment.

Canadian Lighthouses Declared Surplus
The federal government has placed nearly 1000 lighthouses on the government surplus list to enable groups and individuals to purchase and conserve them.

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